Chelsea are still on the hunt for a new goalkeeper as they continue their lavish summer spending spree.
The Blues have made some pretty big statements so far by welcoming the likes of Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell through the door. But one problematic area still to be remedied is Frank Lampard’s options between the sticks.
According to Football Insider, Chelsea have their eye on Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and initial contact has been made.
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The West Londoners are eager to find a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has fallen short of the mark with his recent performances. Lampard has made it clear that the Spaniard is no longer part of his plans moving forward. For that reason, he has been monitoring the situation of several goalkeepers, including Jan Oblak.
However, with Atletico Madrid not budging on the Slovenian’s £110 million release clause, the Blues have turned their attention to the Rennes shot-stopper instead.
The Ligue 1 outfit have demanded £45 million for the 28-year-old, which could prove to be a problem for Chelsea who reportedly only want to pay £22million.
This could simply be a tactic from Chelsea to try and lower Mendy’s asking price, with Marina Granovskaia known for her exceptional business deals.
The club were highly considering making a move for Oblak before they considered other options, despite his hefty buy-out clause. Plus, with Roman Abramovich backing Lampard’s decisions, the Blues aren’t short of cash to make the move happen.
Mendy missed just four league games last season and in his 24 appearances, managed to keep nine clean sheets (via Transfermarkt). The Senegal international has also been capped twice for his country.
Chelsea have started to shop smart, including the signing of Chilwell who will bolster their options across the backline. With Declan Rice also linked with signing, bringing in a goalkeeper would round off a very successful window for Lampard and Co.
Arguably, the Blues are a new goalkeeper away from being serious title contenders for the upcoming campaign.
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